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CfA: Holocaust in Trasnistria, Chisinau/Odessa 23.-29.9.12 (24.6.)

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  • Andreas Umland
    Institution: Global and European Studies Institute, University of Leipzig, Germany Date: September 23-29, 2012, Chişinău, Moldova, and Odessa, Ukraine
    Message 1 of 1 , May 3, 2012
      Institution: Global and European Studies Institute, University of Leipzig, Germany
      Date: September 23-29, 2012, Chişinău, Moldova, and Odessa, Ukraine
      Deadline: June 24, 2012

      International Forum 2012

      The Global and European Studies Institute at the University of Leipzig and the Foundation
      ”Remembrance, Responsibility and Future“ will provide up to 25 travel grants for participation
      in the International Forum 2012 of GESCHICHTSWERKSTATT EUROPA on
      “TRANSNISTRIA—THE FORGOTTEN HOLOCAUST, 1941 TO 1944“.

      The International Forum is part of the programme GESCHICHTSWERKSTATT EUROPA
      initiated by the German Federal Foundation ”Remembrance, Responsibility and Future“
      (EVZ). It will take place in Chişinău, Moldova, and Odessa, Ukraine, from September 23 to
      29, 2012. The Forum looks at the conflicting recollections of the contemporary history of
      Europe and at recent debates and research on the collective and cultural memory of the
      Europeans. It will be led by the Leipzig historians Matthias Middell and Stefan Troebst.
      Transnistria, the region between rivers Dniester (Nistru) and Bug, is still a white spot on the
      map of the Holocaust. Today mostly part of Ukraine with a small strip belonging to Moldova’s
      separatist eastern edge, the self-proclaimed ‘Dniester Moldovan Republic’, it was from the
      summer of 1941 to the spring of 1944 under Romanian civilian administration. In the Treaty
      of Tighina of 30 August 1941, the German Reich had handed over this formerly Soviet
      territory to its Romanian ally while still maintaining a military presence there. Between
      September 1941 and October 1942, some 100,000 Jews from Romania including the
      regained provinces of Northern Bukovina and Bessarabia were deported beyond river
      Dniester. In the regional capital Odessa and in concentration camps like Bogdanovka,
      Domanovka, Akmetchetka or Vapniarka mass shootings of Jews took place, while others
      were put to death by hunger or diseases. An estimated number of up to 300,000 Romanian
      and Ukrainian Jews fell victim to the Holocaust in Transnistria. Perpetrators were Romanian
      officials, military personnel and civilians as well as German military units and administrative
      staff, also members of the regional German community, i.e., Schwarzmeerdeutsche.
      Probably only 100,000 Jews survived. There is, however, also an additional dimension to the
      Holocaust in Transnistria: In the summer and fall of 1942, also some 25.000 Romanian
      Roma were deported to the region. Here approximately 11.000 died of cold, hunger or illness
      and some were shot, while the others could return to Romania in 1944.

      During this one-week event seminars and lectures will be delivered. Furthermore, visits to
      museums like the Museum of the History of the Jews of Odessa and excursions to the site of
      the concentration camp Bogdanovka will take place. Scholars from various fields of study
      and different parts of Europe will lecture on the events of 1941 to 1944 and on their place in
      Moldovan, Romanian and Ukrainian cultures of remembrance.

      English will be the language spoken in lectures, seminars and during the excursions. Thus,
      active knowledge of English is a precondition. Lectures in Moldovan and Romanian will be
      translated into English.

      Grants and Requirements
      Travel grants cover costs for travel and accommodation (in shared rooms) and include a
      daily allowance. In accordance with the statutory purpose of the Foundation, travel grants
      are primarily given to applicants from Central and Eastern Europe. Applicants should be
      between 18 and 35 years of age. The exact amount of travel reimbursement depends on the actual costs of participation and on statutory regulations for travel grants in Saxony.

      We expect a letter of motivation in English with 600 to 1000 words maximum expressing
      personal interest in this year's topic of the International Forum and giving details of
      experience and knowledge in the field.

      Please send your applications by e-mail together with a letter of motivation and a curriculum
      vitae to the coordination office of the International Forum. Closing date for applications will be
      June 24, 2012. Applications will be reviewed by June 30, 2012, and applicants will be notified
      immediately thereafter.

      Contact:
      Coordinator Ulrike Breitsprecher
      International Forum | GESCHICHTSWERKSTATT EUROPA
      Address: Universität Leipzig
      Global and European Studies Institute
      Internationales Forum | GESCHICHTSWERKSTATT EUROPA
      Emil-Fuchs-Strasse 1
      04105 Leipzig
      Germany
      Phone: +49 (0)341 973 34 93
      E-mail: ifgwe@...
      Web: www.geschichtswerkstatt-europa.org

      GESCHICHTSWERKSTATT EUROPA is a programme of the Foundation “Remembrance,
      Responsibility and Future” addressing the issue of European remembrance. The institute for
      Applied History coordinates the funding of projects in cooperation with the European
      University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder. The International Forum is organised by the Global and
      European Studies Institute of the University of Leipzig.
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